This Isn't The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, By Jon McGregor


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This short story collection is linked by the Fenlands and the emotional topography of the people who live in the these flats, from arsonists and tea ladies to a cast of defeated men.

A reworking of an older story, 'In Winter the Sky' showcases McGregory's mastery for mixing clinical dissection of the outer world, with a rich, often melancholia-tinged inner life.

The teenager who killed a man while driving back from a date is now a man consumed by guilt. Complex, crafted, beautiful writing.